Contents3. Evolving to keep our clients one step ahead
Managing Director, Richard Marshall, explains how our business is expanding and evolving to meet the changing needs of our clients.
4. Collaborating on pricingOur flexible new pricing structure that is enabling us to provide better value to our clients.
6. The terms and conditions of modern marriageOnce the preserve of the rich and famous, marital agreements are on the rise and look set to change the face of marriage in the UK.
8. When trade secrets arent secretWhy keeping business information confidential can be harder than you think.
9. Setting social media boundaries How a better social media policy means better protection for employers.
10. A well-engineered relationshipJohn Samuel, Group Finance Director of Renew Holdings plc, discusses just what makes his relationship with Lupton Fawcett Denison Till run so smoothly.
11. The changing future of share buy-backsWhen it comes to share buy-backs theres a new regime for private companies.
12. To innovate you have to collaborateTaking a look at a unique collaboration between businesses and universities that helps to advance innovation.
13. Building risk management into constructionGareth Hevey discusses the opportunities for anyone thinking of improving, extending or refurbishing their premises.
14. Putting a stop to fraudSimon Lockley, Director at Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, outlines the steps any business can take to protect itself against fraud.
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As you may be aware, our strategy is
firmly focused on becoming Yorkshires
mid-market law firm of choice, and providing
niche services to clients of all sizes, across the
region. Naturally, were also happy to export
Yorkshire quality, attitude and value to
clients outside the county!
In keeping with our long-term strategy, I am
delighted to say that we have taken a further step
towards our goal through our merger with York firm
Denison Till. From our point of view, our move into
York was driven by a firmly-held belief that York and
North Yorkshire present tremendous opportunities.
For Denison Till, the merger reflects a desire to be better
placed to serve their clients needs, and a wish to meet
the challenges of a continually-changing market.
Joining forces with Denison Till allows us to
move three steps closer to our objectives. Firstly, it gives
us a first class platform from which to serve York and
North Yorkshire; secondly, it adds three new services
to our offering, namely Landed Estates & Agricultural
expertise, Construction Law, and Ecclesiastical Law;
and thirdly, it allows us to work alongside a like-minded
group of lawyers and support staff.
In addition to this merger, we have also recently
made a number of senior appointments, which will
strengthen our team and allow us to provide additional
expertise. This includes welcoming Paul Sykes as a
Director in the Dispute Management Department,
together with Jonathan Moore as a Director in
Commercial Property, both in our York office.
We have also made three other significant
appointments in Sheffield: Simon Lockley, who now
heads up Dispute Management; Julian Rowden,
our new head of Commercial Property; and Joan
Pettingill who joins our employment team.
Our Sheffield appointments reflect our
continued commitment to growth in Sheffield and
South Yorkshire, a commitment which was underlined
further by our recent move into new offices in the
Synergy building on Bank Street. In previous editions
of atticus, I have discussed our belief in maintaining a
well-controlled fixed cost base, to guarantee our clients
the best possible value for money. Our new Sheffield
office reflects this principle. Although spacious,
comfortable and fit-for-purpose, our new office is in
direct contrast to the opulent marble-floored atriums
so beloved of many other professional firms.
While it is great to be able to announce new
mergers and lateral hires, our strategy is not simply
about growth. Above all, we aim to create a strong
commercial offering that meets all of our clients wealth
creation needs, and provide a suite of personal wealth
preservation services. We aim to support these with the
real value and first-class quality that our clients have
come to expect.
Our continuing growth and expansion is merely
an effective way to achieve these goals and provide the
scale and stability our clients require.
is just as important as
expansion. Alongside growing
our services and offering, we
continue to review and refine
the way we work. With this
in mind, we are currently in
the process of improving our
overall quality and value.
Over the last few
months, we have been
working closely with
consultants to embed lean
management and process mapping into our
firm. This will not only allow us to deliver the
consistent quality that your business needs,
but also ultimately reduce our costs and
improve the way we manage risk. I have no
doubt that the outcome will be good news for
all our clients. Naturally, this project will not
happen overnight, but we are committed to
what I know will be a long but valuable journey.
All in all, the last few months have been a
period of considerable change and development.
I hope that this brief review demonstrates how
determined we are to help your business overcome
its commercial challenges, and how in future our
drive to become the regions go to law firm can
make a real difference to your success.
Evolving to keep our clients one step ahead
Lupton Fawcett Denison Tills Managing Director, Richard Marshall, explains how our business is expanding and evolving to meet the changing needs of our clients, and how new appointments are enabling us to provide greater expertise.
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We aim to create a strong commercial offering that meets all our clients wealth creation needs